Orlando Magic Fall to the Lakers in Tinseltown
The Orlando Magic fell to the Los Angeles Lakers 103-94 on Sunday night. The Magic were led in scoring by Victor Oladipo’s 21 points and 10 assists,who was the team’s lone bright spot on the evening. It was a sloppy game for the most part filled with two teams with little to play for. The Lakers were led by Jordan Hill, with 28 points, 13 rebounds. Nick “Swaggy P” Young chipped in 26 off the bench.
The Magic started out very slow and after last nights crushing loss, it was almost expected. Jameer Nelson was out again with a sore left knee and Victor Oladipo, starting in his place, is getting markedly better at running the point and seems to be the only one to attack the rim with any regularity. The majority of the first quarter saw both teams trade missed shots and turnovers. This was not a rematch of the 2009 Finals.
The second quarter was much of the same, except both teams finally started to make some shots. The Magic kept the score close after Tobias Harris came off the bench finally. After his last game against the Lakers (20-18), we can only wonder why he didn’t play more in this game. Andrew Nicholson got 7 points in the first half, and was never seen again. Orlando was down 7 going into the locker room.
The 3rd quarter was Orlando’s best quarter of the night, stepping up defensively, only allowing the Lakers 21 points. Heading into the final stanza, it appeared the Magic were poised to take control of this game, then came Jordan Hill. He was everywhere in that 4th quarter. Every loose ball, every rebound seemed to fall into his hands. Clutch shooting by Nick Young helped, but the Lakers just wanted this one more than Orlando did tonight.
This was a very frustrating loss to end the road trip, Orlando’s 9th loss in a row. The Lakers give up 100 points to everyone, yet the Magic could only muster 93. Poor shot selection and poor defense in the 4th allowed the Lakers to control the game and close out the win. The Magic seem to be regressing in all phases of the game.
The Magic return home to face the Portland Trailblazers Tuesday night at Amway.
Matt Jensen is new to the MBO team and a proud contributing writer. He operates as MBO’s Sr. Sioux Falls Correspondent. Follow him on Twitter here